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The many faces of AARP (Are you above 50? If so, what did you do with their solicitation letter?)
American Thinker ^ | 04/03/2012 | Theodore Dawes

Posted on 04/03/2012 6:35:44 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

My wife just turned 50, so she recently experienced that least favorite American rite of passage: the arrival of the dreaded solicitation letter from AARP.

I'm pleased to say that she took advantage of this opportunity to do precisely as I have done for the past eight years: she immediately and with malice aforethought dropped the solicitation in the trash. Not that she was offended by the reminder of her advanced age; rather, because she holds AARP in contempt.

So do I.

Two quick questions, dear reader:

1) Do you belong to AARP?

2) Which AARP do you belong to?

If you're confused by the second question your confusion is, in AARP's eyes, a marketing triumph.

You are likely thinking, "Which AARP? Why, I belong to the American Association of Retired Persons. I belong to that AARP."

Surprise. There is no such thing as the American Association of Retired Persons. The non-profit organization that was founded in 1956 to help older folks was renamed some years ago. It's now called AARP and it exists as three separate organizations. (Actually four, but for our purposes let's ignore the international branch. This is confusing enough.)

The umbrella organization is a non-profit known simply as AARP.

Then there is the AARP Foundation. It's the AARP of old, a non-profit dedicated to providing for the needs of America's retired folk, or to phrase it more accurately, to anyone 50 or older who's willing to pony up the $16 annual fee. This is the outfit that trains older drivers, provides tax preparation assistance and provides other do-good services.

You belong to that AARP.

(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aarp; retirement

1 posted on 04/03/2012 6:35:53 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

If it is a return envelop, return it empty. Let them pay for the postage.


2 posted on 04/03/2012 6:39:03 AM PDT by kingcanuteus
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To: SeekAndFind

I returned their postage paid envelope filled with washers ($10.+ postage due!) and told them to quit waging generation warfare.


3 posted on 04/03/2012 6:40:51 AM PDT by anonsquared
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To: SeekAndFind

I tore it all up and sent it back to them in their postage paid envelope.


4 posted on 04/03/2012 6:41:05 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I tore it all up and sent it back to them in their postage paid envelope.


5 posted on 04/03/2012 6:41:21 AM PDT by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Please, don’t shred them, they’re valuable! I can’t wait for them to arrive. I take the envelope with the return postage paid and.... retun it to them. If enough people did that do you think we could make them go broke? No, neither do I but my evil twin loves doing it anyway.


6 posted on 04/03/2012 6:42:09 AM PDT by mistfree (The Law! How Quaint.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I return the pre paid envelope with a note, leave me the hell alone.


7 posted on 04/03/2012 6:42:30 AM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: SeekAndFind

My neighbor shows me all the AARP junk mail he receives and it never stops. I suggested they give him the money spent on the stuff they send so he could retire early.


8 posted on 04/03/2012 6:43:05 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: mistfree

Tear. Insert with some heavy metal scrap. Place in return envelope. Mail.


9 posted on 04/03/2012 6:43:16 AM PDT by hal ogen (1st Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: SeekAndFind
It took about five years of me sending back their trash with—TAKE ME OFF YOUR MAILING LIST YOU MISERABLE LYING SOCIALIST SOBs before they finally left me alone.
The last one had OBAMA SUCK UP added to it.
10 posted on 04/03/2012 6:43:19 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("A gun free zone is a baited field for psychopaths.")
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To: Happy Rain

I do something similar and castigate them for their support of zerocare reminding them they will be ther FIRST to go, being old and all.

They have left me alone for a while now.


11 posted on 04/03/2012 6:48:11 AM PDT by Adder (Da bro has GOT to go!)
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To: All

Yes, but does the action stop further mailing from AARP?

Maybe in the organization’s mind, (eventually)

“Resistance Is Futile, You Will Be Assimulated”.


12 posted on 04/03/2012 6:49:21 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I always just drop it in the trash... so I didn’t realize the postage paid return envelope... now my evil twin is grinning. I’m thinking maybe I’ll just stuff it with my other junk mail and return.


13 posted on 04/03/2012 6:50:21 AM PDT by myrabach
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To: SeekAndFind
Excellent post!

I'm hard on the once proud Republican party, but Reps. Wally Herger (R-CA) and Dave Reichert (R-WA) give me reasons to believe in a great American comeback.

14 posted on 04/03/2012 6:51:20 AM PDT by GBA (America has been infected. Be the cure!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I heard about a guy 20 years ago that kept getting solicitations for oil company credit cards. He got even by filling some good sized wooden crates with rocks and attached their postage paid by recipient envelope to the crate and marked them ‘Drilling Samples”. Maybe somebody will send AARP some postage paid by them coffin sized crates filled with rocks labeled “Burial Container Examples”.


15 posted on 04/03/2012 6:51:35 AM PDT by Harley (Will Rogers never met Harry Reid.)
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To: kingcanuteus

I stuff it with papers.


16 posted on 04/03/2012 6:53:25 AM PDT by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: kingcanuteus
I always cram all of the contents of their original envelope into the return envelope. That way, they not only have to pay extra postage, but they naturally assume they have some senile old fart on the hook (which they may have) and immediately send me more stuff. It's pretty close to a perpetual motion machine.
17 posted on 04/03/2012 6:54:06 AM PDT by Mr. Lucky
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To: Sir Napsalot

See my post #3. AARP never sent another solicitation to me.

The washer trick usually works. I also wrote on their forms that if they didn’t remove me from their list pronto, the next postage paid envelope they sent me would be returned to them taped to a box of rocks with $1000.+ postage due.


18 posted on 04/03/2012 6:55:17 AM PDT by anonsquared
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To: SeekAndFind

I went to the fridge, found some outdated deli meat. Stuffed it in the return envelope to add weight to it.

Put out in mail.


19 posted on 04/03/2012 6:55:16 AM PDT by George from New England
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To: SeekAndFind

Years ago when getting junk mail, I used to remove my name and address and then stuff everything they sent in the postage paid envelope and return it to them at their cost.

As for AARP now, I just s-can it, they aren’t worth the effort to send it back to them.


20 posted on 04/03/2012 6:57:02 AM PDT by citizen (Santorum: Man up, stop being selfish and get the hell out. Dragging this thing out only helps Obama.)
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To: SeekAndFind
I'm pleased to say that she took advantage of this opportunity to do precisely as I have done for the past eight years: she immediately and with malice aforethought dropped the solicitation in the trash.

No!
Stuff their envelope with the invitation, torn up.

21 posted on 04/03/2012 7:05:03 AM PDT by grobdriver
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To: SeekAndFind

I had my sister send them a note that said: “Didn’t you hear, 50 is now the new 30 year old. Call me in 20 years and take me off your f*c*g mailing list NOW! We still laugh about it!


22 posted on 04/03/2012 7:07:01 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (RIP Sandra Sue, my fur baby 12/31/1999 ~ 7/2/2010 - See you on the other side!)
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To: SeekAndFind

I habitually return the empty envelope at their expense. After reading the posts on this thread, I think I’ll start cleaning out some of my shop debris...one letter at a time.


23 posted on 04/03/2012 7:08:07 AM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I have always thrown their mailers away. Part of the reason we will never balance the Federal budget is the ‘old’ lobby: “we paid in”, “we were promised”, etc. I have reconciled myself to the fact that the $350,000+ I’ve paid into social security and medicare is gone - spent. And the culprits who misappropriated my ‘trust fund’ will never be held accountable. And I REFUSE to do to those younger than me what was done to me.

At 53 years of age, I expect to work until I die. I’m not comfortable with receiving social security paid by young workers, and I don’t trust the markets (which are also being looted by government to fund the welfare state) enough to depend on investments. I am the beneficiary of the false ‘hope’ which has established the new aristocracy. They will fly around on government jets while I work. They will live in government mansions while I produce value.

And any major value they will tax, or fine, or confiscate through manipulation of the fiat monetary system, (i.e. quantitative easing, ‘borrowing from the Fed, etc.)

God restore the Republic! PRAY! Its our only hope.


24 posted on 04/03/2012 7:08:40 AM PDT by LucianOfSamasota (Tanstaafl - its not just for breakfast anymore...)
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To: SeekAndFind

There is a conservative alternative to AARP and of course I cannot remember the name of it off hand.


25 posted on 04/03/2012 7:09:56 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: SeekAndFind

They started sending me solicitation letters when I was 38.
They all go in the shredder.


26 posted on 04/03/2012 7:10:46 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Adder
I have a feeling the geriatric fence sitters will not be voting Democrat in Florida this November because of Obamacare...better the devil they know, Medicare, than the one they don't.

The SCOTUS would be doing both liberals Mitt Romney AND Barrack Obama a favor by shooting down the losing issue of Obamacare and taking it off the table—Obama is only threatening the SCOTUS in order to keep the Leftist judges in line so it will be a 5-4 “political decision” cause he knows his second term will nullify in his demented sick and wrong mind his constitutional limitations—as he hot miked Pres Medvedev, he will claim a mandate no matter how he wins reelection and all will see at last if the awesome powers given a United States president by our Founders can enable a spoiled brat bred tyrant to become a full blown fascist dictator...

...personally, I have wondered as much myself for decades and if not for the incredible wisdom and divine foresight of our Founding Fathers in including the Second Amendment to our Bill of Rights, I would be concerned for our nation's survival as a free state.

27 posted on 04/03/2012 7:20:43 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("A gun free zone is a baited field for psychopaths.")
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To: SeekAndFind

The first few I crammed full of the entire set of garbage they sent me with a message printed in very large black Sharpie letting them know I didn’t want anything to do with them. That was 50+ pieces of mail ago. I’m happy to let them waste their money sending me cr@p that I promptly shred. We’re planning to acquire a cat soon and when we do, I’ll use their mailings to line the bottom of the litter box.


28 posted on 04/03/2012 7:24:55 AM PDT by FourPeas ("Maladjusted and wigging out is no way to go through life, son." -hg)
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To: SeekAndFind

I sent the application back in the prepaid envelope without payment. We corresponded back and forth about 4 times as AARP sought payment. They finally gave up and stopped being my pen pal. Did this about 4 times in 10 years. This also consumes clerical time and effort.


29 posted on 04/03/2012 7:25:39 AM PDT by calico_thompson
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To: calico_thompson

For years I sent it all back to them in their return envelope, finally I added a note to send my share of their junk mail to Harry Belafonte, their “Man of the Year”...I have not heard from them since


30 posted on 04/03/2012 7:38:21 AM PDT by Sammie42 (Will Rogers never met Obama)
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To: kingcanuteus

I would recommend stuffing it full of your other junk mail and letting them pay for the extra weight.


31 posted on 04/03/2012 7:43:16 AM PDT by dangerdoc (see post #6)
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To: mistfree

Sorry, I shred them.


32 posted on 04/03/2012 7:49:05 AM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: SeekAndFind
I've been receiving their solicitations for 10 years. They go in the bin unopened.
33 posted on 04/03/2012 7:51:05 AM PDT by Glenn (iamtheresistance.org)
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To: SeekAndFind

Any correspondence I receive from them I automatically trash.


34 posted on 04/03/2012 7:51:22 AM PDT by Texas56
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To: SeekAndFind
I've been hearing radio spots narrated by Chuck Woolery for an organization called Generation America.

It sounds like a conservative alternative to AARP.
35 posted on 04/03/2012 7:52:17 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: kingcanuteus

Tape pennies to a card. They pay by weight.!


36 posted on 04/03/2012 7:54:00 AM PDT by Anti-Bubba182
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To: Peter from Rutland

Generation America.


37 posted on 04/03/2012 7:55:55 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I’m 65. When I turned 50, my mother got me an AARP membership. After 1 year, I did not renew it.

The magazine kept coming until about 2 year ago also I recall a newspaper.

Every year they send me a new membership card despite no dues for 14 years.

Just toss it in the trash.


38 posted on 04/03/2012 7:56:12 AM PDT by morphing libertarian
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To: SeekAndFind

I’ve been trashing their socialist garbage for over 25 years!


39 posted on 04/03/2012 7:56:45 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: rightwingintelligentsia
I heard an ad on the radio for these guys yesterday, for the first time.

You know anything about them? They certainly are saying all of the correct things.

40 posted on 04/03/2012 8:13:51 AM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill

I’ve just started hearing their ads, so I really don’t know. The website looks pretty decent.

I did read that Chuck Woolery has been a conservative (behind enemy lines) for some time.


41 posted on 04/03/2012 8:18:28 AM PDT by rightwingintelligentsia (Be careful of believing something just because you want it to be true.)
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To: dalereed

For years I have been putting a tea bag in their prepaid envelope and dropping it in the mail. Their most recent mailing, which I just received a couple of days ago, had an envelope with a hole in it. I suspect they’re on to us.


42 posted on 04/03/2012 8:20:51 AM PDT by Not So Quiet Patriot
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To: SeekAndFind

I was fortunate enough to work within a block of the AARP headquarters in Washington, DC, when I began getting their letters. After a half dozen telephone calls and notes inside their own envelopes requesting that I be removed from the mailing list were ignored, I took a letter to the headquarters itself and turned it in. That was the last time I got any mailing from them, nearly 15 years ago.


43 posted on 04/03/2012 9:21:51 AM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: FourPeas

Hope you don’t mind cleaning up crap then. Some cats are mighty fussy about where they drop their load.


44 posted on 04/03/2012 9:39:34 AM PDT by Fire_on_High (WTB new tagline, PST!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Wonder if you could tape their return postage envelope to a brick and mail it?


45 posted on 04/03/2012 9:45:58 AM PDT by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Here’s a conservative alternative:

http://www.amac.us/


46 posted on 04/03/2012 9:47:28 AM PDT by Abigail Adams
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To: SeekAndFind

junk mail, in the trash.


47 posted on 04/03/2012 10:03:29 AM PDT by fortheDeclaration (How strangely will the Tools of a Tyrant pervert the plain Meaning of Words!-Sam Adams)
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